Jake McGee
Rays' Jake McGee plays catch for first time since elbow surgery
Jake McGee, RP, TB
11:25 AM
News: The Rays announced Monday reliever Jake McGee played catch for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in December. McGee is still expected to miss the start of the season.
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Glen Perkins
Twins' Glen Perkins says he's 100 percent
Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
1/25/2015
News: Twins reliever Glen Perkins said he's 100 percent heading into the season, according to MLB.com.

Perkins missed the last two weeks of the regular season due to a forearm injury, but said that's no longer a problem. He took two weeks off once the season concluded, and went for a precautionary MRI just to make sure the injury wasn't serious. "I took two weeks off and started doing shoulder stuff as part of the rehab to strengthen it and everything went well," Perkins said. "I started throwing again in mid-December. The way I've been able to ramp up throwing, everything has been good."

The 31-year-old Perkins posted a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings last season.

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Al Alburquerque
Tigers sign pitcher Al Alburquerque for $1.725 million
Al Alburquerque, RP, DET
1/24/2015
News: The Tigers have re-signed pitcher Al Alburquerque to a $1.725 million contract with a $12,500 bonus for 75 appearances, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Alburquerque originally filed for $2.05 million in arbitration while Detroit offered $1.375 million, according to Heyman. The team made the deal official Sunday, avoiding arbitration.

The five-year veteran went 3-1 in 2014 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games. 

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Brian Duensing
Twins' Brian Duensing avoids arbitration, signs one-year deal
Brian Duensing, RP, MIN
1/24/2015
News: Twins pitcher Brian Duensing avoided arbitration after agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million contract for the 2015 season, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

In 2014, Duensing went 3-3 with a 3.31 ERA.

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Sean Doolittle
Athletics' Sean Doolittle tears rotator cuff, not expected for start of season
Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK
1/23/2015
News: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has a slight tear in his left rotator cuff and is not expected to be ready for the beginning of the season, the team announced Friday.

Doolittle also has considerable inflammation in his shoulder and has received a PRP injection. The team will re-evaluate Doolittle at a later date before determining the next step. Doolittle had 22 saves in 2014 with 89 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA.

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Ian Krol
Tigers' Ian Krol working on improving work ethic
Ian Krol, RP, DET
1/23/2015
News: Tigers reliever Ian Krol blamed his worth ethic for his collapse last season, according to MLive.com.

"I slipped up in my workouts," Krol said. "In season, my work ethic wasn't as hard as it is in the offseason."

Krol was acquired in the four-player trade that sent former Tigers starter Doug Fister to Washington. He got off to a strong start, posting an ERA of 3.38 in April and an ERA of 1.59 in May. Krol landed on the disabled list in June with shoulder inflammation, and was never the same. He finished with a 4.96 ERA with a 1.684 WHIP in 32 2/3 innings for the Tigers last season.

Krol's solution this offseason was to add approximately 15 pounds to his frame, in hopes of being able to handle a heavier workload, along with additional velocity to his fastball.

"One thing I'm trying to get a grasp on is being consistent throughout the season," Krol said. "I need to have a workout regiment throughout the week throughout the season to keep me healthy.

"I don't think the workload was too much. I just think it was my fault by not catching up or keeping up with my arm exercises or getting in the gym."

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Joe Nathan
Tigers' Joe Nathan alters offseason workouts to stay fresh
Joe Nathan, RP, DET
1/22/2015
News: Tigers reliever Joe Nathan altered his offseason workouts in order to stay fresh, according to MLB.com.

Nathan admitted that he doesn't want people to think he's washed up after last year. "I don’t want people thinking that I’m done," he said. "I think coming into not just the spring, but coming into the season, I want to prove to myself and other people I still have something left in the tank."

In order to get off to a quicker start, Nathan decided to work more on his agility during the offseason. "It’s almost like I’m going back to the younger days as far as agility-type stuff and seeing if we can get some more in my legs, keep my spring in my legs, as opposed to just doing squats and squats and squats," he said. 

Nathan added that he's lifting more weight than he ever has, and said his range of motion has improved. The 40-year-old Nathan posted a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings last year. 

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Aaron Sanchez
Blue Jays' Sanchez would like to start, but OK with bullpen role
Aaron Sanchez, RP, TOR
1/22/2015
News: Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez said he would like to be part of the rotation coming out of spring training, but added he is OK with whatever role the team has in store, per Sportsnet.ca.

“I would like to start, but I understand the situation,” Sanchez said. ”We have a good team this year and have a chance to win a lot of ballgames. If that means me pitching at the back-end of the bullpen helps this team win more games, then obviously that’s what I’m here to do.”

Sanchez reiterated he would be comfortable if the team asked him to close out games.

“I find myself in one-run ball games almost every time out,” he said. “That’s what I live for. I’d rather have the game in my hands than anyone else’s, so I learned to go out there and attack these guys.”

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Jesse Crain
Jesse Crain back with White Sox on minor-league deal
Jesse Crain, RP, CHW
1/22/2015
News: Reliever Jesse Crain, who missed the 2014 season after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery last winter, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the White Sox.He also received an invite to spring training.

Crain is throwing from 120 feet and feels good, according to CSN Chicago. Crain pitched for the White Sox from 2011-13.

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Evan Meek
Nationals sign pitcher Evan Meek to minor-league deal
Evan Meek, RP, BAL
1/21/2015
News: The Nationals have signed pitcher Evan Meek to a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com.

The 31-year-old Meek spent last season moving between the majors and the minors with the Orioles. He posted a 5.79 ERA over 23 1/3 innings in the majors. Meek was outrighted to Triple-A in October, but decided to reject the move, becoming a free-agent. The deal includes an invite to spring training. 

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